Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Nebraska Governor Race

I have know Chuck Hassebrook for over 25 years and served on the Board of Directors for the Center for Rural Affairs during part of  that time. I also worked at the Nebraska Natural Resources Commission under Republican and Democratic Governors during the 1980's. Nebraska  politics are quite unique with our Unicameral Legislature, Public Hearings on every Legislative proposal, and the nonpartisan manner under which the Unicameral operates.  Registered Republican voters outnumber Democrats by a nearly 2-1 majority. Yet we occasionally elect Democratic Governors and members of Congress. Many Nebraskans vote for the person rather than the party. After the highly contested Republican Primary for Governor, it is apparent that many voters are not too excited about the winner. While we have been to a couple events recently where Chuck has appeared in the area, I haven't had a chance to talk to him personally about an idea he may wish to pursue which just occurred to me.  It would involve his working with Mike Foley to see if Mike would be willing to serve as Director of Health and Human Services in a Hassebrook administration. With Foley's reputation as State Auditor, he would be an excellent choice for H &HS plus Chuck could use his counsel.  He would also bring a lot of Republican voters with him. Chuck has established his ability to work across party lines while a University of Nebraska Regent.

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